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Does Obama Want a Democratic Egypt?

President Obama delivered a call for more democracy in a speech in Egypt. Over a year later Egypt is in turmoil. Does Obama actually want Egypt to go democratic?

George W. Bush tried to unleash democracy by invading Iraq. But the reputation of America took a nosedive. Democracy, in any case, turned out to be a mixed bag. Hamas took over in the Gaza strip. Lebanon remains a mess. The big bang that W. Tried to create may blow up in America's face. It would be no small irony if the neocon crusade ended up creating the conditions for a anti-American Middle East.

Phantom Forces II

On Tuesday, Senate Armed Services Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) told reporters he endorses a proposal to expand the Afghan National Police (ANP) and the Afghan National Army (ANA) beyond their standing targets, 134,000 officers and 171,000 soldiers respectively.

Why the Tea Party Is Right About Defense Spending

My new hero is Rep. Chris Gibson. Gibson, a Tea Party member, laid it on the line the other day at a congressional hearing. While other Republicans bluster about maintaining spending, Gibson, who served in the military, observed that the growing national debt is itself a threat to our national security.

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